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Meat Free Week – Corn Cakes with Tomato and Avocado Salsa

<a href="/blogs/debbiekertesz/2014/03/24/meat-free-week-%E2%80%93-corn-cakes-with-tomato-and-avocado-salsa">Meat Free Week – Corn Cakes with Tomato and Avocado Salsa</a>

This week is the 2nd annual Meat Free Week and my lovely husband – a staunch carnivore – has volunteered to take the challenge and forgo flesh for a full seven days. While I’m doubtful that he’ll decide to become a full-time vegetarian after a week without meat, I do hope he will come to realize that you can eat well and still enjoy delicious, satisfying food when consuming a plant-based diet. Read full article

Is Your Child a Picky Eater?

<a href="/articles/is-your-child-a-picky-eater">Is Your Child a Picky Eater?</a>

Having a child who is a picky eater or fussy eater has been identified by families as a major barrier to having regular shared family mealtimes. Parents serve as important role models in helping children develop healthy eating habits. This is especially important as food preferences are formed early and remain stable throughout childhood. This article contains great tips and comes from the Family Resiliency Center, University of Illinois. Read full article

Government, Parents or Advertisers: Who Should Decide What Children Watch and Eat?

<a href="/articles/government-parents-or-advertisers-who-should-decide-what-children-watch-and-eat">Government, Parents or Advertisers: Who Should Decide What Children Watch and Eat?</a>

A recent complaint to the Advertising Standards Board by the Obesity Policy Coalition about a Smarties online colouring-in competition aimed at three- to ten-year-olds, and a bill introduced by Greens leader Bob Brown to ban junk food advertising to children, has fuelled debate about the ethics of advertising energy-dense and nutrient-poor foods and beverages to kids ... This raises the question of whether television advertising, or rather advertising in general to an audience of children, is responsible in some way for the rates of overweight and obesity we are currently seeing. Read full article

Morbidly Obese Children - Should Community Services Intervene?

Dr. David Ludwig, an obesity specialist at Harvard-affiliated Children's Hospital Boston, contributed to an article in the American Medical Association Journal calling for consideration of protecting morbidly obese children in extreme cases by temporarily removing them from their parents. One of the arguments is that this would be better than risks associated with bariatric surgery for example. Discussion on Sunrise Channel 7 with Yvette Vignando about the Australian situation. Read full article

Happiness for Kids Includes a Well Cut Mango Cheek

In this quick video post Yvette Vignando demonstrates the art of cutting a mango cheek (with a sharp knife) for a child, and comes dangerously close to cutting her own cheek. Yvette loves mangos and uploaded this video to help a friend who claims not to know how to "score" a mango. Enjoy. Read full article